Job scam still strong!

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Leoni Kruger
LEPHALALE — Two men were very upset recently after also falling into the trap of paying for jobs. The two men, who wish to remain anonymous in order to prevent themselves from victimization, received a message from a friend informing them that there is a man who can organise jobs at Murray & Roberts in Lephalale.
They phoned the contact and he confirmed that he will be able to organise a job for both of them, but they have to pay R1 500 each for a medical test that will be done on site. They paid the money into a Capitec account and then received an SMS to confirm the time and date of the medical test.
When they arrived at the site for their medical tests to be done, their names were not on the list of applicants. They phoned their “job seeker” and he ensured them that he was on his way to see them. He never arrived…
It was then that they realised that they were the victims of a scam and that they had lost their hard earned money.
According to them, they had to pay R1 500 for the medical test and another R1 500 afterwards. Lucky for them they only paid the first R1 500.
Mogol Post asked the staff at EOH about the above incident. According to them they are aware of a lot of people who arrived for medical tests in early January and most of them were victims of the scam.
Mogol Pos asked Ed Jardim, Group Investor and Media Executive at Murray & Roberts what their policy is regarding the scam and job recruitment. Jardim says: “we are aware of this scam and that they pop up everywhere. We have, through our forensic investigators, reported these scams and when you investigate one – they shut down and then pop-up somewhere else. They advertise on Facebook too – using the good name of a reputable company – not just Murray & Roberts. These fraudsters prey on the fact that people are desperate for work – it’s terrible what they are doing.
We have placed a warning on our home page under the ‘Careers’ section – see here: http://www.murrob.com/ (bottom right corner) and that clicks through to a specific page here: http://www.murrob.com/news_2014_employment_scam.asp – where we specifically warn people against these scams. We answer every single query we get through our Client Service centre and we also ask people to report it through our Tip-Offs Anonymous service so we can investigate it.”
Earlier in January Eskom sent out a media release warning the public about a recruitment scam where a criminal element is pretending to be Eskom recruitment agents.
The fraudsters pretend to be recruiters for Eskom and solicit R1 500 from job seekers in order to secure employment. Once payment is received by these “recruiters”, would-be employees are then directed to report to the main security entrance gate or reception area at an Eskom building, only to find there are no vacancies or jobs and the supposed agent has also disappeared.
Eskom urges the general public to desist from engaging with anyone claiming to be an Eskom recruitment agent, especially if the agent requests payment in order to secure employment.
Members of the public are reminded that all employment opportunities available from Eskom would be advertised on its own website www.eskom.co.za and that Eskom would never ask for payment.
To report incidents of fraud, corruption and irregularities involving Eskom, members of the public are requested to call Eskom’s toll free crime line on 0800 11 27 22 or email investigate@eskom.co.za to report the incident.

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